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"Scholar raised concerns about restriction imposed on right to self-determination by compulsory testing, discussed effectiveness of measures and suggested considering a scheme which does not impose criminal liabilities"
Category : Media Articles
Date : 02 Nov, 2020

 Newspaper interview

  • Title of newspaper article (English translation): Scholar raised concerns about restriction imposed on right to self-determination by compulsory testing, discussed effectiveness of measures and suggested considering a scheme which does not impose criminal liabilities
     
  • Newspaper:    Ming Pao

  • Date:    2 November 2020
     
  • Author of article:    Joanna BI, journalist from Ming Pao

Our Dr Calvin Ho shared in this recent interview his views on hypothetical compulsory COVID-19 testing schemes, which present a number of ethical and legal considerations. In the interview, reference was made to the right to self-determination in an international covenant to illustrate different concepts of autonomy that are recognised in the law. While the right to self-determination should not be read as forming the basis of a court action to challenge a compulsory testing scheme, it underscores the importance of according recognition and securing trust, even if restrictive measures implemented under such a scheme have legal and public health justifications. Dr Ho will be speaking on this topic in a webinar, entitled “Looking Forward/Looking Back: Law, Ethics, Policy in the Age of COVID-19”, to be hosted by the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law on 3rd December (Thursday), 11am (time in Hong Kong). This event is free and open to the public: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/looking-forwardlooking-back-law-ethics-policy-in-the-age-of-covid-19-tickets-125824463357.

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